Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Crush This! Muskie

On Sunday, September 27, Kyle Anderson of Rapid City, MI caught this 50-pound 8-ounce Great Lakes muskie. The fish is now the new Michigan state record. It beat the old record, set in 1984, by 2.5 pounds. Anderson was fishing in Torch Lake, near Traverse City.

To read the full story see it here at Field and Stream.

Now this is the type of fisherman that I like, hard core to the max!

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Orange Aid

Here's a fly that's getting a few carp in the tough conditions we've been having for the last week or so....
Thread: Danville 210 Brown
Hook: TMC 8089 Size 12
Legs: Sili Punkin/Orange
Body: Crawfish orange rabbit strip (try some darker shades as well)
Hackle: Whiting Chickabou
Eyes: Black beadchain medium

Very simple and fast to tie...add a little weight if your fishing more than 18 inches down.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Under Pressure

Fishing Tip - from the Colorado Division of Wildlife

We are all aware of “Barometric Pressure”, but what is it, and does it have an effect on fishing?

The first barometer was created in 1644 by Evangelista Torricelli, a mathematician, along with help from scientist Galileo Galilei. Since its conception the barometer has undergone many changes in design, and has proven invaluable from predicting the weather, to avionics.

The barometer recognizes changes in atmospheric pressure by measuring the weight of the atmosphere, which surrounds us. The atmosphere exerts pressure on all of us, and on all bodies of water. We know there is a direct correlation between “Barometric Pressure” and how a person may physically feel. Arthritis pain and headaches can be common with a changing barometer. This physical change that may affect some individuals is believed by many to also effect fish and how they feed.

There are as many differing opinions as to the effects of “Barometric Pressure” and fishing as there are anglers. The following information is based on my observations and notes taken on fishing trips for over 20 years. I feel there is a definite connection between Barometric Pressure and fishing success or the lack of. I do believe you can improve success by monitoring barometric pressure and looking for high or low pressure systems, a pressure system that is moving and anticipating trends.

For Colorado, the barometric range for acceptable fishing is 29.80 to 30.20, 30.00 being the center of attention. Let’s break down the phases of barometric pressure.

Stable pressure: When the barometer is not rising or falling. Extended periods when the barometer is just sitting there seems to put fish in some sort of trance. They are not interested in anything. I have tried using everything in my tackle box from lures and flies to crank baits, with little or no results.

High pressure: When the pressure is high, (above 30.15) you can count on sunny days with very few clouds, if any. Fish will hit occasionally but are not as active. You can trigger some species to strike, but for the most part fishing is slow. Fishing off the bottom seems to work best during periods of high pressure.

Low pressure: When the pressure is low (below 29.85) fish are more active. They seem to be more aware of their surroundings and alert but still reluctant to bite.

Falling pressure: This is where things can get a little confusing. A falling barometer may indicate a change in the weather, with wind, rain or snow a possibility. If the pressure has been high (above 30.15) but begins to fall at a constant rate, fishing can really pick up, even though the pressure is still high. I look forward to fishing when the barometer is falling. It is during this time that fish will hit just about anything and everything.

Rising pressure: A rising barometer can affect fishing much the same as a falling barometer. If the pressure has been low (below 29.85) and begins to rise fish become more active. It seems they are more concentrated to a specific area. Once you find where they are, fishing can be very productive.

Moving pressure: When the pressure is moving, the bite is on. You can tell when the pressure is moving by observing your pets or watching your bird feeder. During periods of a moving pressure system, dogs and cats will head for their food bowls, and your bird feeder will be in high demand. A moving system provides the best fishing, so long as it does not move too high or too low.

Fishing Barometers may be purchased at many local Sporting goods shops ranging in price from $12.00 to over $100.00. If you purchase a Barometer/Altimeter combination be sure the altimeter is compatible with Colorado’s higher altitudes.

As a final note: The barometer is a tool that can be of great benefit. But like so many things in life, it is not an absolute. I have fished when the pressure was ideal and couldn’t buy a bite. Other times I have fished when the pressure was what I considered terrible, and I have caught fish. Over all, the barometer has led me in the right direction, the vast majority of times.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The road less traveled...

An ode to Mr. Frost

A stream born Fine Spotted Snake River Cutthroat.

Two forks diverged in the Teton Wilderness
And I sadly could not fish up both
And just being one angler there, I stood
And looked down the river far as I could
To where it meandered behind the undergrowth

Then took the other as just as fair
And having perhaps the lesser runs
But it grassy banks just wanted wear
And as for me standing there
I chose the one with far more dare

The path less traveled, with the exception of some local game.

And as the day progressed
With changing leaves none the less
I hooked fish without the mess
A single dry fly sure did crush,
It was then I doubted if I ever would turn back

Fish that define perfect proportions.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence
Two forks diverged in a meadow
And I took the one less traveled by
And that has made all the difference

Sunset over Mt. Moran near Grand Teton National Park.

Read Robert Frost's: The Road Less Traveled poem here.

When was the last time that you fished a river or lake that had no trail to lead you through the woods and down to the bank. It is my recommendation that if you have not done this yet this season do it now before another moment passes. Please respond by using the Post a comment link, we would love to hear your responses.
Get out and Fish

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Lost World of Mr Hardy

THIS VIDEO segment is from "The Lost World of Mr. Hardy" (TrufflePig Films, DVD, 97 minutes), by Andy Heathcote and Heike Bachelier. The film documents the remarkable history of the people and inspiration behind the hand-made rods and reels that established Hardy's as the first high-end fly tackle manufacturer in the world. As founder J.J. Hardy said at the end of the 19th century, "Only the best is good enough for fishermen." This beautifully made film traces the history of Hardy's from its small 1873 beginnings in a small shop in northern England to its modern incarnation as a company that outsources its manufacturing to China, and it asks the question: Is there a way to retain the values central to fine craftsmanship in an age of globalization?

Partially as a result of this film, Hardy & Greys decided that it was important to manufacture some of its tackle in Alnwick, England. The Hardy Perfect reel, cane rods, and Angel2 rods are now produced there, and the new St. George Salmon and Perfect Salmon reels will be produced in England as well.

Monday, September 14, 2009

A Great Fall Pattern Courtesy Of Jay Zimmerman

Here is another proven pattern from the vise of Jay Zimmerman.
This is a very effective pattern in the fall especially when fishing pocket water. This is an attractor pattern and doesn’t necessarily represent any natural insect.
Be that as it may, the fish seem to like it just fine. ~ LoJ

Click on the picture to see an enlarged view.

For the pattern recipe and the tying instructions click on “LoJ’s Fly Tying & Bug Stuff” in the LINKS OF INTEREST Section. ~ LoJ

Sunday, September 13, 2009

How to Tie the Hi-Viz Damsel

In the September News Magazine we were unable to include video instructions on how to tie the Hi-Viz Damsel but we've have it now....click below

Friday, September 11, 2009

Walker Ranch, South Boulder Creek

Willie Tiefel and I hiked down into Walker Ranch to fish South Boulder Creek. We started out using a Hopper dropper rig. The fishing was great right off the bat! As the day progressed, and the sun continued to beat down on the water we started to see Drakes coming off. Within minutes of changing the hopper for a adult Drake, we caught fish exclusivly on the adult drake! The fish were also hitting the dropper which was a drake nymph in size #12. We also saw an abundance of PMD's and Yellow Sallies through out the day.
The best patterns in our box were Little Yellow Stone, Furimsky's Green Drake, Emerging Drake, Poxyback Green Drake, Para Ext Body PMD, Flopper, Red Legged Hopper, and a Tung Flash PMD.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Fishing Report: Taylor River, Booya!

Taylor Canyon Bow

Over the holiday weekend we stayed at a sweet hunting cabin in the old hills of Gunnison, lots of big game roaming the property, and lots of solitude. As long as I was in the area… I figured that I need to drive over Cottonwood pass so to get some time in on the Taylor. On Labor Day I decided to stay away from the tailwater stretch, even the lure of 10 lb fish could not sway me, the crowds were insane. In the pool downstream of the bridge I counted eight anglers, and none of them were catching a thing. Instead, I opted for the canyon section, where there were empty pull offs one after another. It’s as if there was a free gourmet buffet on fine silver but everyone decided that it’s a Dennys night and crammed into the sweaty restaurant.

Its a classic fly for a reason.
I fished for about three hours on the way out and caught two rainbows in the twenty inch range and a bunch of browns that kept me busy. This was down about four miles from the tailwater in a forgotten pull off with access to great pocket water. What was the key to success: a big hopper with a long dropper (prince, its a classic) on 4x. Forget the techy shit and go with what works!

A sweet storm along route 285 on the way back to Boulder.

Golden Dorado

Here is a different species that just might interest you, tucked into a dark spot on the maps, these fish will blow your mind.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Greenback fish porn

Here is a little something to get folks fired up about heading into the high country this labor day weekend. Greenbacks eating natural flies!

Greenback Sipping spinners

Eying a natural.

Cursing the shore, click to enlarge and see the midges coating the surface.

Wham, aggressive takes on top.

Get out and fish!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Fly Tying Demo -- Bellyache Minnow

Hot Flies

In an effort to keep your fly box fresh and loaded with the best patterns around FRA has this to offer, Rob Kolanda's Bellyache Minnow

"This fly was originally designed to be a shad imitation, but due to limitless color combination's and sizes this pattern can mimic almost any bait fish. Another great feature of the 'Bellyache Technology' is that the fly rides hook up so you can work deep cover and significantly reduce the number of hang ups. This fly has caught lists of coldwater species, warmwater species and because of the hook a number of saltwater fish."

~Rob Kolanda

Material List:

Hook--Gamagatsu SC15 size 8-1/0
Thread -- Lagartun 95D X-Strong White
Body -- Ice Dub - color's to suit
Head -- Thread base, coated with Hard as Hull or epoxy
Eyes -- 3-D or Flat Stick on eyes size and color to suit

Tied on a Peak Vise
Buy the material package and receive a 10% discount on the list.

Not a fly tier? Thats ok we have the bellyache minnow selection here. Six flies in three colors for $15.

Keep an eye out on the website for more fly tying demos and a pattern index as long as your arm.
Look Here --> FRA's Fly Tying Corner

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

A New "Twist" On An Oldie But Goodie!!!

Here is a different “twist” on the oldie but goodie Red Fox Squirrel Hair Nymph (RFSHN) from the fertile mind and nimble fingers of Dave Whitlock.

A number of years ago I dropped a fly box in the “crick” and thoroughly soaked the flies. When I got home I put the flies away to dry and promptly forgot about them. I re-discovered them when re-arranging my fishing and fly tying stuff. The hooks were good (read not rusted) but the beads and wire had tarnished. I kind of liked the muted color combination.

Give this “twist” a try and see if works for you and let me know your results.

For the pattern recipe and the tying instructions click on “LoJ’s Fly Tying & Bug Stuff” in the LINKS OF INTEREST Section. ~ LOJ

Carp on a Grasshopper!

Mark Moeller and I went out to chase down some Golden U-Boats on Friday. We found the water very off color, so muddy that we only had a couple inches of visibility. We worked the usual spots, but had no luck. So we decided to change strategy and try near deeper water. When we got to the other end of the lake we saw carp in hugging the dam, milling around in the rocks looking for food. And again we came up empty.
We did see a lot of carp farther out in deep water cruising just below the surface...looking like big golden U-Boat's from an old World War Two movie! They would nose up, porpoise on the surface, then dive strait back down. We would launch our fly at them, but by then the carp had sounded...disappearing back into the murky depths.
Out of pure frustration Mark and I dug into our fly boxes for a big dry. The best fly we had was a Silver Creek Hopper and within the first cast a carp came up from the depths, looked at it and opened it's mouth to eat it! We were so surprised we missed the fish! We kept at it, working down the dam, seeing fish coming up and making as valiant casts as possible. With luck!
After loosing the hopper due to a bad knot, the only other big dry we had was a Rubber legged Stimulator. We had equally good results.
By the end of the day the two of us had hooked and lost a bunch of fish. But landed some, too! A great day of chasing carp on a dry fly!